Explore Hacks is a 3-day hackathon that aims to grant both experienced and beginner student programmers the chance to explore the process of ideation to product execution. Participants also gain the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops and mini-events to enhance their programming skills and explore new areas in computer science. And it's all for free!

Check out our website and our Comprehensive Guide for more information.

As a participant, you'll have access to FREE perks generously provided by our sponsors:

  • 1-month free access to all Business Plan features of the echoAR platform ($89 in value)
  • Free access to Draftbit's pro version for 3 months ($113 in value)
  • $100 in Digital Ocean Credits
  • Free access to Sketch for all attendees
  • Free month of Replit Hacker Plan

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$7,268 in prizes

Grand Winner

$750 per team (monetary)
$250 per winner (Digital Ocean credits)
$449 per winner (Draftbit subscription)
Slingshot Referrals (Referrals to startups looking to hire)

2nd Place

$400 per team (monetary)
$125 per winner (Digital Ocean credits)
$449 per winner (Draftbit Subscription)
Slingshot Referrals (Referrals to startups looking to hire)

3rd place

$300 per team (monetary)
$100 per winner (Digital Ocean credits)
$449 per winner (Draftbit Subscription)
Slingshot Referrals (Referrals to startups looking to hire)

Runner ups (3)

$449 per winner (Draftbit subscription)
$100 per team (monetary)
Slingshot Referrals (Referrals to startups looking to hire)

Best UI

$99 per winner (Sketch License)
$449 per winner (Draftbit subscription)
Slingshot Referrals (Referrals to startups looking to hire)

Most innovative

$449 per winner (Draftbit subscription)
$80 per team (monetary)
Slingshot Referrals (Referrals to startups looking to hire)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Participants: Anyone who is a high school student is eligible to participate. The only prerequisite for Explore Hacks is a longing to learn! You do not need to know how to code to join!

Requirements

  • A 5-minute video that demos the project and pitches the impact of the project's integration within the market of your choice.
  • URL to your publicly visible code/repository

Judges

Anh Khoa Tran

Anh Khoa Tran
Founder of VSPACE Education

Sergey Golitsyn

Sergey Golitsyn
Senior Software Engineer at Zillion Whales

Dmytro Budym

Dmytro Budym
Software Development Engineer in Test, airSlate

Smaranjit Ghose

Smaranjit Ghose
MS Data Science at Columbia University

Leo Xu

Leo Xu
Explore Hacks Project Lead

Dhanish Natarajan

Dhanish Natarajan
General Manager of Explore Hacks

Sanved Doshi

Sanved Doshi
Marketing Lead of Explore Hacks

Judging Criteria

  • Feasibility
  • Impact/Uniqueness
  • Implementation
  • Structure

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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